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Shepparton International 2018
23-26 Aug, Australia, $5k

Top seed Steinmann claims Shepparton title

Dimitri Steinmann is the 2018 City of Greater Shepparton International Open champion after defeating Evan Williams in the tournament final on Sunday afternoon.

The Swiss star justified his number one seeding at the event with a determined display, which saw the 21-year-old come from a game down to secure his first PSA World Tour title in almost 12 months.

With the head-to-head scoreline between the combatants sitting at 2-1 in Steinmann’s favour prior to the decider, Williams was out to even the ledger. Coincidentally, Williams' last PSA World Tour title came in a final against Steinmann at the 2016 Bendigo International, and the Kiwi's chances of replicating that performance looked promising when he burst out of the blocks in the first game.

A sluggish start from Steinmann saw Williams pile on the first six points of the match and subsequently wrap up the opening game. Mirroring his blistering stroke play from the first game, Williams had an equally impressive start to the second game and at one stage led 5-2, before the top seed awoke from his slumber.

Realising the need to slow down the frenetic tempo of the match, Steinmann started to find his groove by engaging in long rallies that had his more experienced opponent moving around the court. A number of contentious calls that went in Steinmann’s favour midway through the game left Williams visibly frustrated, and the Swiss man was able to capitalise on the Kiwi's break in concentration to even up the match at 1-1.

That swung the contest in Steinmann’s favour, as he moved to a 7-2 lead in the third before the two players collided mid-point. This resulted in Williams leaving the court to have his lower leg assessed, and while he returned seemingly unhindered in his movement after a lengthy injury time out, Williams wasn’t able to prevent Steinmann from taking a 2-1 lead.

While the fourth was largely a shootout with both players going point-for-point, the four-point buffer created by the top seed early in the game proved to be the decisive blow. Steinmann closed out the fourth to take out a 3-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 victory, and in the process secured his third professional circuit title.


Shepparton International 2018
23-27 Aug, Australia, $5k
Round One
23 Aug
Round Two
24 Aug
24 Aug
26 Aug
27 Aug
Shahhazad Khan (Pak) *
11-8, 12-14, 11-5, 11-4 (42m)
Nicholas Calvert (Aus)
[1] Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
11-6, 11-3, 11-2 (18m)
Nicholas Calvert
[1] Dimitri Steinmann

11-6, 10-12, 14-12, 6-11, 11-3 (73m)

Asyraf Azan

[1] Dimitri Steinmann

11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (33m)

[8] Robin Gadola
3rd PSA title for Dimitri

[1] Dimitri Steinmann


3-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (35


[2] Evan Williams


Asyraf Azan (Mas) *
11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (25m)
Matthew Lai (Hkg)
[5] Joel Luca (Aus)
11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 (32m)
Asyraf Azan
Harley Lam (Hkg) *
11-3, 11-0, 11-6 (18m)
Muhammad Waheed (Aus)
[8] Robin Gadola (Sui)
11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (35m)
Harley Lam
[8] Robin Gadola

11-7, 15-15, 6-11, 11-5 (43m)

Rohan Toole

Rohan Toole (Aus) *
11-2, 11-2, 11-4 (19m)
Jason Turner (Aus)
[3] Scott Galloway (Nzl)
11-5, 11-6, 13-11 (23m)
Rohan Toole
Benjamin Ratcliffe (Aus)
13-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7 (30m)
Lachlan Coxsedge (Aus) *
Lachlan Coxsedge
11-5, 9-11, 14-12, 11-3 (35m)
[4] Alex Eustace (Aus)
[4] Alex Eustace

2-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (54m)

[7] Naoki Hayashi

[7] Naoki Hayashi

12-10, 11-4, 11-3 (45m)

[2] Evan Williams

Faisal Riaz (Pak)
11-2, 11-0, 11-2 (15m)
Sion Wiggin (Nzl) *
Sion Wiggin
11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 (40m)
[7] Naoki Hayashi (Jpn)
Madison Eggert (Can)
11-5, 11-5, 13-11 (24m)
Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek (Egy) *
Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek
11-8, 11-5, 5-11, 8-11, 11-8 (58m)
[6] Thomas King (Can)
Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek

11-1, 11-4, 11-7 (18m)

[2] Evan Williams

Tate Norris (Aus)
13-11, 13-15, 11-8, 11-3 (46m)
Ruan Oliver (Rsa) *
Ruan Oliver
11-5, 11-9, 11-4 (16m)
[2] Evan Williams (Nzl)
* = 9/16 seed
Top seeds set up Shepparton final showdown

Dimitri Steinmann and Evan Williams will contest the 2018 City of Greater Shepparton International Open Squash Championships decider after the duo won their respective Semi Finals on Saturday night.

In a scenario many expected heading into the event, the tournament’s top two seeds booked their spots in Sunday afternoon’s final with straight-game victories at the Shepparton Squash Centre.

Williams was the first to progress after he defeated Naoki Hayashi, and will now turn his attention to securing his sixth PSA World Tour title. The Kiwi entered the Semi Final encounter fresh off two dominant performances in his previous matches, which had seen him spend just 37 minutes in total on court.

Williams took control of the match from the outset and denied his Japanese opponent any chance to grab the momentum. Despite Hayashi’s best efforts, the World No. 110 proved too strong with an 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 victory.

In the other Semi Final, Steinmann entered as the red-hot favourite against Robin Gadola, but was made to weather some early pressure from his Swiss compatriot. After a tight first game, Steinmann steadily gained the ascendancy in the contest and eventually secured a passage through to the final with a 12-10, 11-4, 11-3 win.

The results from Saturday night set up a mouth-watering clash between the number one and two seeds in the draw. Both players have experienced a drought of sorts when it comes to PSA World Tour success, with Steinmann finishing runner-up in the last three finals he has contested, while Williams has been on the wrong end of the last four PSA World Tour deciders he has featured in.

The head-to-head standings between the two sit at 2-1 in Steinmann’s favour, with the Swiss star winning the pair’s last two meetings. However, Williams’ only win between the duo came in the 2016 Bendigo International final, where he outlasted Steinmann to win a five-game marathon.

Coincidentally, that was the last time the Kiwi saluted at a PSA World Tour event, while for Steinmann, a win in Shepparton would be his first PSA World Tour title since the North Coast Open almost 12 months ago.


Day ONE:
2018 Shepparton International Open gets underway

Three up-and-coming Australian players have progressed to the second round on the opening night of matches at the 2018 City of Greater Shepparton International Open Squash Championships.

Rohan Toole, Lachlan Coxsedge and Nicholas Calvert all won their first round matches on Thursday night at the Shepparton Squash Centre, with all three defeating Australian opponents.

Toole was clinical in his match against Jason Turner, as the New South Welshman cruised through to win in straight games in 19 minutes to book a second round date with third seed, Scott Galloway (New Zealand).

The 19-year-old pair in Coxsedge and Calvert also impressed in their first-up showings, with the former overcoming a solid challenge from Goulburn Valley local Ben Ratcliffe in four games, while Calvert also won in four games over Shahzad Khan.

Calvert will now face tournament top seed Dimitri Steinmann (Switzerland) in his second round match, while Coxsedge will battle fourth seed Alex Eustace in an all-Queensland encounter.

Other Australians in action on the opening night were rising Victorian star Tate Norris, who pushed South African Ruan Oliver all the way in their 46-minute clash, and Muhammad Waheed who went down to Hong Kong’s Harley Lam.

Malaysia’s Asyraf Azan, New Zealand’s Sion Wiggin and Egypt’s Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek were the other players to progress from Thursday night’s first round of matches.

Day 2 of the 2018 City of Greater Shepparton International Open Squash Championships will kick off from midday on Friday.


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